pal·​met·​to | \ pal-ˈme-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce palmetto (audio) also pä-, päl-, pȯ-, pȯl- \
plural palmettos or palmettoes

Definition of palmetto

1 : any of several usually low-growing fan-leaved palms especially : cabbage palmetto
2 : strips of the leaf blade of a palmetto used in weaving

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Examples of palmetto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Baker said palmetto bugs live mostly outside the house in shrubs and trees. Lois K. Solomon,, 28 Jan. 2022 One small gift is a flight of honey — wildflower, orange blossom, mangrove and palmetto — while another box contains several flavors of cookies. Patrick Connolly,, 26 Nov. 2021 Several species eat palmetto berries, most notably the black bear, which relies heavily upon the berries to bulk up before winter. Brooke Baitinger,, 7 Sep. 2021 Strips of leaves from palmetto trees are intertwined with the sweet grass for contrast, giving the baskets their distinctive look. Washington Post, 31 July 2021 Some have symmetrical palmetto trees and others are more natural looking. Star Tribune, 16 Mar. 2021 Most versions currently flown at state government buildings are cast in a deep indigo blue and feature a white crescent in the upper left corner and a white palmetto tree in the center. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 31 Dec. 2020 The public revolted, especially at the palmetto tree that was far from robust. Star Tribune, 16 Mar. 2021 Or move down south and make a fresh start amid the palmetto trees and pimiento cheese?), and Celia has a lifetime to figure out and too few days in which to do it. Ashley Leath, Country Living, 1 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of palmetto

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for palmetto

modification of Spanish palmito, from palma palm, from Latin

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18 May 2022

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“Palmetto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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pal·​met·​to | \ pal-ˈme-tō How to pronounce palmetto (audio) \
plural palmettos or palmettoes

Kids Definition of palmetto

: a low-growing palm with leaves shaped like fans


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